Donaldson Fellows

The Donaldson Fellows Program for Yale SOM Alumni recognizes graduates whose personal and professional accomplishments embody the school's mission to educate leaders for business and society. Donaldson Fellows come from all sectors and across the globe, sharing a dedication to solving complex problems and pursuing positive change in the world.

The program is named to honor SOM's founding dean, William H. Donaldson, who also founded an investment bank, served as an undersecretary of state, and led a major insurance corporation, the New York Stock Exchange, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Nominations for the fifth cohort of Donaldson Fellows are now being accepted until Sunday, October 23. Interested alumni can nominate themselves or another alum by submitting a 1-2 page essay explaining how the nominee’s personal and professional accomplishments embody the school’s mission. Please send all submissions to Cindy Charlesworth.

Criteria

Every two years, nominations for Donaldson Fellows are submitted by the Yale SOM community.  The Donaldson Fellows selection committee which includes Yale SOM alumni, including a former Donaldson Fellow, a Yale SOM student and members of the School’s leadership team review and chose the final honorees.  In selecting the Donaldson Fellows, the committee will seek diversity of profile across many dimensions.  

In selecting the Donaldson Fellows, the committee seeks a wide range of experience, and a variety of industries, sectors, and time since graduation. The objective is to select those who live the Yale School of Management mission, meaning they are:

  • Purposeful leaders who pursue their work with integrity;
  • Leaders with an understanding across sectors—public, private, nonprofit, and entrepreneurial; and
  • Leaders who understand complexity within and among societies in an increasingly global world.

 

Donaldson Fellows

From left: Dean Ted Snyder, Founding Dean William Donaldson, Beth Axelrod '89, 
Jaime Gonzalez Aguade '96, Kathie Julian '84, Chuck Slaughter '90, Jane Donaldson

 

Past Fellows

(affiliations were at time of Fellowship)

 

Class of 2008-2009

Adam Blumenthal '89, Managing General Partner, Blue Wolf Capital Management
Laszlo Bock '99, Vice President, People Operations, Google, Inc.
Andrea Levere '83, President, Corporation for Enterprise Development
James Levitt '80, Director, Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University
Elizabeth Thompson Serlemitsos '93, Chief Advisor, National AIDS Council, Zambia

Class of 2010-2011

Bradley Abelow '89, Chief Operating Officer, MF Global, Inc.
Jennifer Niles '98, Founding Principal, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School
Ken Ofori-Atta '88, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Databank Financial Services, Ltd. (Ghana)
Hilary C. Pennington '83, Director of Education, Postsecondary Success, Special Initiatives, U.S. Programs, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Class of 2012-2013

Christine Bader '00, Visiting Scholar & Lecturer, Institute for Human Rights, Columbia University
Don Gips '89, Former United States Ambassador to South Africa
Nadim Matta '89, Senior Partner, Schaffer Consulting; President, Rapid Results Institute
Liang (Leon) Meng '97, Co-Founder Ascendent (Hong Kong)

Class of 2014-2015

Beth Axelrod '89, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, eBay Inc. 
Jaime Gonzalez Aguade '96, President, Mexican National Banking and Securities Commission
Kathie Julian '84, Country Director for Georgia, Asian Development Bank
Chuck Slaughter '90, Founder and CEO, Living Goods

From left: Donald Gips '89, Christine Bader '00, Dean Ted Snyder, 
Founding Dean William Donaldson, Jane Donaldson, Nadim Matta '89, Liang Meng '97